Weekend Horse Racing Review Monday 25th September 2017
a bad weekend with James Garfield winning
at 4-1 advised on the Saturday at Newbury in the Group Two Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes, the other bet Muthmir was third. Then the two I talked about for Naas on the Sunday
both obliged in the shape of Quiet
Reflection at 5-2 and Saxon Warrior 5-6.
Paddy Power cut Quiet Reflection to 8-1 from 16-1 for the Qipco British Champions Sprint at Ascot on 21st October and Burke is relishing a clash with this year's July Cup and Sprint Cup hero Harry Angel, who is the 6-4 favourite. Burke said: "We had to take our time with her and it's just a shame that things didn't go right early on (in the year). Hopefully she comes out of this well and roll on four weeks for Ascot. If the ground comes up soft she will give Harry Angel a race. On soft ground this filly is very good and she can only sharpen up for that run. Win, lose or draw she has been an absolute star for us, and it's just great to get her back.”
Warrior is favourite for next year's Investec Derby with some bookmakers after
dominating his rivals in the Juddmonte Beresford Stakes. He took his career
record to two from two in impressive style under Ryan Moore. Aiden O'Brien
said: "We thought he was a nice colt
before he ran at the Curragh, but we felt that he was just ready to go racing.
When Donnacha (O'Brien) eased him out, he took off and he had to be a good colt
to do what he did. You're never sure until they run again, but it was a
competitive race today and Ryan was delighted with him." Asked if his
charge could run again this season, O'Brien said “It's possible, but it's not definite. He's a Classic colt."